Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Mullins Backed For Sweeping Success

William Hill created a market on Saturday for Willie Mullins to clean sweep the novices’ hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival and it has already come under such pressure that Britain’s biggest bookmaker has been forced to cut the price.

It’s now 16-1 for Mullins to train the winner of the Supreme, Neptune and Albert Bartlett races in March – trimmed from initial odds of 20-1.

“It’s clear from the huge level of interest in the market that many racing fans believe Willie Mullins can land all three novice hurdles at the Festival,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “He’s never won the Albert Bartlett since it was inaugurated in 2005 but this could be his year to dominate the divisions.”

Mullins holds a very strong hand across the novice hurdling division, with the favourite for each of the three contests, plus plenty of other strongly fancied contenders.

Most of the Mullins’ novices have more than one Festival option and punters looking for a safer ante-post bet could invest in William Hill’s ‘To Win At The 2015 Cheltenham Festival’ market.

To Train The Winner Of 2015 Supreme, Neptune & Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdles: 16-1 Willie Mullins (Win Only, Singles Only)

Supreme Novices Hurdle: 8-1 Douvan, 10-1 Allez Colombieres, Shaneshill, 12-1 West Wizard, 14-1 Silver Concorde, 16-1 Tell Us More, 20-1 Urubu D’Irlande, 25-1 Gaitway, Long Dog, Nichols Canyon, Sempre Medici, 33-1 Vyta Du Roc, 50-1 Miles To Memphis, Yanworth, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Neptune Investments Novices Hurdle: 8-1 Shaneshill, 10-1 Tell Us More, 14-1 Black Hercules, Silver Concorde, 16-1 Allez Colombieres, 20-1 Parlour Games, 25-1 Gaitway, Killultagh Vic, Nichols Canyon, 33-1 Blaklion, Long Dog, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle: 8-1 Tell Us More, 10-1 Black Hercules, 12-1 Shaneshill, 16-1 Milsean, No More Heroes, 25-1 Killultagh Vic, 33-1 Blaklion, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

To Win At The 2015 Cheltenham Festival: 8-11 Annie Power, 9-4 Vautour, 4-1 Un De Sceaux, 11-2 Dynaste, 6-1 Don Poli, The Tullow Tank, Whisper, 7-1 Aurore D’Estruval, Shaneshill, Simonsig, Tell Us More, 8-1 Allez Colombieres, Black Hercules, 10-1 Uxizandre, West Wizard, 12-1 Champagne West, Gilgamboa, Moon Racer, Pont Alexandre, Saphir Du Rheu, Silver Concorde, 14-1 Emerging Talent, Zarkandar, 16-1 Aubusson, Blaklion, Far West, Fingal Bay, 20-1 Captain Chris, Nichols Canyon, Wishfull Thinking, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)